School Enrichment

4-H School Enrichment is a partnership between the Purdue Extension and a school district to provide educational content in various subject areas. We value our relationship with the schools and welcome the opportunity to provide research-based curricula, training, and in-class programs for classrooms.

A 4-H School Enrichment Program: 

  • Is a well-planned program offered during school hours or in an afterschool program.
  • Involves direct teaching by Extension Educator, trained volunteers, or teachers.
  • Follows a sequence of hands-on learning experiences.
  • Includes a series of lessons.
  • Enriches and supplements the formal school curriculum.

Contact Us

Purdue Extension- LaGrange County

Brittany Gilger 

4-H/Youth Development Extension Educator 

260-499-6334

Bgilger@purdue.edu

What We Offer:

Here is a list of the programs that LaGrange 4-H currently offers, If there is a need that you notice is not being met, please let me know and we can work to provide programming to best serve the youth.

The current programs offered for Elementary & Middle schools are:

  • Embryology (2nd - 5th Grade)
  • Smart Cents (4th - 6th Grade)
  • There's No New Water (3rd-5th Grade)
  •  Keep Soil in its Place (3rd-5th Grade)
  • My Farm Web (3rd-5th Grade)

Highschool Programs Offered:

  • #Adulting 101- These lessons provide information on some basic skills that youth will need as they enter adulthood. The lessons can be completed as a group or individually. 
  • Work Ready- This program teaches life skills necessary to increase the number of qualified applicants for Indiana job openings.

LaGrange County 4-H checks out kits revolving around our 4-H National Science Day Series:

  • Eco-Bot Challenge- Think like an engineer to help think of ways to manage an environmental clean-up.
  • Maps & Apps- Ddesign and map a community park and use GIS mapping and layers to assess community problems.
  • Rockets to the Rescue- Youth learn how to develop and test an aerodynamic transport device that can deliver food to disaster victims.
  • Incredible Wearables- A fun way for kids to build wearable fitness trackers.
  • Code Your World- Iincludes a computer-based activity on Google’s CS First platform and three unplugged activities.
  • Game Changers- Tbeaches youth how to use computer science to create games, solve problems and engage with topics they’re passionate about.
  • Mars Base Camp- A collection of activities that teaches kids STEM skills like mechanical engineering, physics, computer science, and agriculture. 
  • Galactic Quest- Activities explore important STEM topics ranging from physics and engineering to computer science and space agriculture.

We also have these neat robotics kits to check out:

  • Lego Mind StormsWatch your robots come to life with MINDSTORMS®. Build the robot and learn how to code using different programming languages. Program your robots to walk, talk and much more. 
  • Makey Makey- Design your own controller with everyday materials like playdough or graphite pencils.
  • Junk Drawer Robotics- Eemphasizes different aspects of robotics while youth build their own robots and develop robotics knowledge and skills.
  • Ozobot- Start coding your Ozobot completely screen-free with Color Codes, then advance to block-based programming with OzoBlockly.
  • Squishy Circuits- uses conductive play dough and insulating play dough to teach electrical circuits basics in a fun, hands-on way. There’s no need for breadboards or soldering – just add batteries and the pre-made dough Let your creations come to life as you light them up with LEDs, make a little bit of noise with buzzers, and spin with the motor.